Asia Cup 2018: Shahid Afridi wishes Pakistan team; wants Fakhar Zaman to take the charge
Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Updated - Sep 23, 2018 4:49 pm
The high-octane clash is upon the fans once again for the second time in the last four days. India and Pakistan are locking horns at the crucial stage of the tournament and a win in this encounter will book a place in the final for one of the teams. Both the teams have come off the victories in their respective previous games and should be high on confidence. Meanwhile, Shahid Afridi has wished the Men in Green all the best for the game and is hoping that Fakhar Zaman will make the difference today.
The last encounter between these two teams was won by Rohit Sharma’s men and even this time around, they have been touted the favourites to take the honours. Their bowling has been superb so far and the new-ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been simply magnificent picking early wickets.
Afridi feels that Pakistan’s under-pressure opener Fakhar Zaman should be taking the attack to the opposition. In his tweet for his team, the former cricketer wrote, “Wishing team Pakistan all the very best. Fakhar needs to take charge with the bat and bowlers with the new ball.”
Wishing team Pakistan all the very best. Fakhar needs to take charge with the bat and bowlers with the new ball.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 23, 2018
Pakistan make two changes
As far as the toss is concerned, Sarfraz Ahmed has won it and Pakistan have opted to bat first once again as they did in the group stage hoping to post a 250+ total on the board to put pressure on India. They made a couple of changes to their line-up and brought in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir at the expense of Haris Sohail and Usman Khan.
On the other hand, Team India looks a settled unit and they haven’t tinkered with the winning combination. They will be hoping to restrict the arch-rivals to a below-par total and then chase it without much fuss. it will be interesting to see the way the contest unfolds in Dubai today.